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High blood pressure guidelines

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Updated recommendations from National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP) note "the ability of herbal and botanical supplements to safely lower blood pressure is unproven, and these unregulated products can interact adversely with medications." Report, coordinated by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute and published in the Oct. 16 JAMA, says "some widely publicized approaches" such as omega-3 fatty acids and calcium supplements "lower blood pressure only slightly in individuals with hypertension." 1NHBPEP recommendations include adequate potassium intake, plentiful consumption of fruits and vegetables...

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